Liz Bayley

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Elizabeth "Liz" Bayley, retired director and health sciences librarian, was born in Essex, England in her grandparents' home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French & Russian from McMaster University, and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. Her career began at the Department of Finance/Treasury Board of Canada and later she moved to the Bank of Canada. In 1982, Bayley began her long career at McMaster University, transferring to the Health Sciences Library in 1986. She is now retired from her position as director of the McMaster Health Sciences Library.

During her career, Bayley was key in getting health librarians involved in McMaster's "How to Teach Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop". The event still brings clinicians from around the world to learn how to teach evidence-based methods to practitioners. Liz was known for her organizational, research and leadership skills. Her writing about the importance of structured abstracts, evidence-based librarianship and other topics was part of a wave of change in the field in the 1990s. Liz served on the CHLA/ABSC (Canada) Board as president from 1999 to 2001, and played an active role in the Consortium of Ontario Academic Health Libraries (COAHL), the Northern Academic Health Sciences Network and the Task Force for the National Network of Libraries for Health. Manley won McMaster's MUFA Faculty / Librarian Award for Outstanding Service in 2005. She was program chair for the 2012 CHLA/ABSC Conference in Hamilton. In a 2013 interview, Liz said "... CHLA/ABSC has been my primary library association for over 25 years, and although technology has revolutionized our jobs and our lives, the importance of such a strong community of Canadian health library practice remains the same." Bayley retired in 2013.


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